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UNEXPECTED LOVE

Hunter's DR picture2Suddenly, a little hand grasps mine; and I turn to see a Dominican orphan smiling at me. I try to speak to her in my broken Spanish; but I receive a response of grunts and a bright smile, full of love. Another girl runs to me, vigorously shaking her head and pointing to her throat. The girl who holds my hand suffers from a degenerative illness. She cannot speak or hear, and soon her sight will be gone. But she can love. She brings to me a Bible and shows me a picture. This deaf, mute child is presenting the gospel to me. Isn’t this supposed to be the other way around? I’m the missionary here. What reason does a child in her situation have to love me, a stranger?


Our interaction was humbling. I take my words for granted because I forget how powerful speaking can be. I don’t think about my ability to hear as a way to love. How often do I ignore those who speak to me? Yet, this deaf and mute girl was bold enough to share with me the ultimate story of God’s love. What excuse can I use for not sharing the love I have received? What’s stopping you?

 

In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:13 (NIV) 

5-SECOND PRAYER: God, show us how to love. Amen.

 

—Hunter McWhorter, 19

 

Photo of Hunter and Ceilie courtesy of Hunter McWhorter

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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